Asheville, N.C. – The Campbell University men's tennis team advanced to the Big South Championship semifinals after defeating Winthrop 4-1 in the quarterfinals Thursday morning. Steven Billington clinched the match for the Camels (11-10, 5-3) by winning his fourth consecutive singles match.
Campbell jumped out to a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point. Billington and August Iwdal edged Liran Levy and Rich Meade 9-8 in the three spot to clinch the point for the Camels. Fernando Guillen and David Clavera won the other doubles match for Campbell in the two spot.
Josep Baro earned the second point for the Camels after Liran Levy was forced to withdraw due to injury in the five spot. Guillen gave Campbell a 3-0 lead by knocking off Guy Kubi in the two spot. The Big South flight two champion is 15-6 in singles play this season.
Following a Winthrop victory in the six spot, Billington defeated Dylan Comerford in the four spot (6-2, 7-6) to clinch the match for the Camels. The reigning Big South Freshman of the week is 7-6 in singles play this season.
This is the fith year in a row that Campbell has advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Campbell will take on top seeded Radford in the semifinals tomorrow morning (April 20) at 10:00 am.
Winthrop vs Campbell Men
Apr 19, 2012 at Asheville, N.C.
Campbell Men 4, Winthrop 1
1. RUPPIN, Nadav (WU) vs. ROSSIGNON, Adrien (CAMM) no result
2. GUILLEN, Fernando (CAMM) def. KUBI, Guy (WU) 6-0, 6-2
3. HIROKAWA, Yuta (WU) vs. CLAVERA, David (CAMM) no result
4. BILLINGTON, Steven (CAMM) def. COMERFORD, Dylan (WU) 6-2, 7-6
5. BARO, Josep (CAMM) def. LEVY, Liran (WU) 6-3
6. MEADE, Rich (WU) def. KRALIK, Ondrej (CAMM) 6-4, 7-5
1. RUPPIN, Nadav/COMERFORD, Dylan (WU) def. ROSSIGNON, Adrien/BARO, Josep (CAMM) 8-6
2. CLAVERA, David/GUILLEN, Fernando (CAMM) def. HIROKAWA, Yuta/KUBI, Guy (WU) 8-5
3. BILLINGTON, Steven/AUGUST, Iwdal (CAMM) def. LEVY, Liran/MEADE, Rich (WU) 9-8
Campbell Men 11-10 (5-3)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,2,6,4)
Big South Men's Tennis Championship Quarterfinal